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Poster: reviewr Date: Oct 15, 2011 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question about the DEAD HEAD biz...

I bought a used copy of S&R in about 1982. I mailed in a post card with the requested information, and got a Christmas card the next year (a cartoon of the band as skeletons dressed in pilgrim clothing).

I got nothing for several years, but eventually started getting a newsletter. This might be because I started getting mail-order tickets at this time - I don't remember if the newsletter or ticket orders came first.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 15, 2011 10:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question about the DEAD HEAD biz...

Interesting; yours is much later than the few others, incl UJ, I know of, that tried even in the mid 70s...maybe a few fell between the cracks, or a few like you were lucky. Odd that it seems so few of us here tried it, whatever the date.

I stopped getting anything in the 80s, and it wasn't til I bought something online in 06 or so that I now rec stuff regularly, but assumed these are two diff things...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 16, 2011 12:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question about the DEAD HEAD biz...

I don't remember if I did or not. If I did, I obviously don't remember getting huge amounts of stuff. Dumb question, but was that the best way to get tix, pre-ticket service? I actually have no idea how I found out about shows. I was just tagging along with Those In the Know. I'd do the camp-out-in-line thing sometimes, or just go and get tix at the venue. But don't put me on the witness stand ... I dunno, maybe someone with better planning skills than me already had tix before we went. I was clueless, and tix just "happened."

I wouldn't be surprised if somebody I knew in the "real Deadhead" category (the magic 100-plus shows that Ringo mentioned, which I never did come close to achieving, LOL) had been on that mailing list from early on. Seeing shows in the late 70s, there were always folks in my general age group around who were hipper (or from the East Coast) and had been seeing them since the early 70s. (Not West Coast. West Coasters don't willingly move to the Midwest. Not even for college!)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 16, 2011 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question about the DEAD HEAD biz...

We got LOTS of stuff, but the tickets biz never happened that way for us East Bay sorts; it was already "go to the department store with ticket outlet sales" and go fast, before they sell out, etc. Someone would go and buy all the tickets they could, before limits, I guess, and we'd somehow have tickets for 20-30 people. Never had an issue. But recall, the DEAD cover band folks were IN to the music scene, so I was around people that did this full time. Even in HS.

The little demo records were the best, with Ring's favs of R. Hunter and some JGB...but lost all my stuff, in the 80s when I turned to the dark side.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 15, 2011 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Serious question about the DEAD HEAD biz...

I always figured that they merged the old Deadheads list with the names off of the GDTS requests going forward.